CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether defendant is liable for murder of his friend because he helped him obtain the drugs?
Defendant was convicted of aiding and abetting 3rd degree murder, for the drug overdose of a friend. On appeal, defendant argued that the evidence failed to show that he aided and abetted the murder, and, that the trial court erred by failing to give the jury a join acquisition instruction. The Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that the evidence formed a complete chain showing that defendant played a substantial role in bring about the victim’s death, because it showed that defendant was the connection between the victim and the drug dealer who sold the victim $20 worth of heroin and fentanyl.
State v. Johnson, A20-1109, St. Louis County.
Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.